French Press Brew Guide

How to brew a French press

The classic, full immersion brewer French press, also known as a cafetiere, is a staple kitchen appliance for many home coffee lovers.

Pouring water into a cafetiere

The French press works by steeping coffee grounds and hot water in a beaker. Once the coffee is done steeping, a metal mesh filter is pressed to the bottom of the beaker which separates the coffee grounds from the liquid coffee destined for your mug. The metal mesh filter allows the natural oils found in coffee and fine particles to pass through and gives the coffee a thicker texture.

Basic Recipe 

Coffee: 49g - Coarse grind 
Water: 750g, 98ºC 

  1. Add coffee & 750g of hot water, brew for 4 minutes 
  1. At 4 minutes mark, stir properly to break the crust 
  1. Place on plunger and wait 10-15 seconds 
  1. Plunge and serve 

    Step 1

    Heat the kettle to 98ºC and warm the French press and mug. Discard warming water.

    Step 2

    With the French press on a scale, add 49g of coarse ground coffee, followed by 750ml of hot water. Leave for 4 minutes.

    Pouring water onto coffee in a cafetiere

    Step 3

    At the 4-minute mark, stir properly to break the crust. Wait 10-15 seconds.

    Pouring the final water into the brew in a cafetiere

    Step 4

    Gently plunge the mesh filter to the bottom of the French press.

    Step 5

    Pour and enjoy! 
    Plunging a cafetiere

    To prevent over brewing, pour any left over coffee into a jug or thermos.

    Pouring a cafetiere into a Loveramics mug


    Let's brew this!

    View all brew guides